CHARLOTTE (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — You know them for their fresh, authentic food, but now the owners of Pasta & Provisions are hoping you’ll help one of the men responsible for creating their perfect pasta.
According to owner Tommy George, their assistant pasta maker Thang Sum broke his neck playing with his niece and nephew on a trampoline.
George said it happened when Sum was attempting a backflip and landed on his head away from work over the Easter holiday weekend.
George told Queen City News that doctors were able to repair the bone damage in a successful operation, but Sum is still unable to move his arms and legs.
The family restaurant started fundraising to help cover Sum’s medical expenses and in a single day they had to increase their goal as the community donated enough money to beat the former.
George said: “Honestly, it’s just humbling. This blows my mind because we originally set a goal of $25,000 and met in less than a day, so I increased it to $50,000. The outpouring was phenomenal, it’s just amazing. It is truly a testament to our clients and also the type of business we are trying to run. »
So far, a GoFundMe account raised nearly $39,000.
A customer even walked into the store and wrote her a check for $250, George told Queen City News.
George said Sum had been with the Pasta & Provisions team for about three years and said he misses a lot of his family.
“Always friendly, always smiling, and he’s just brought a lot of good stuff to the shop. He’s a hard worker and it’s a blow to us as a family,” George said.
Sum is a refugee from Myanmar who arrived in the United States in 2019.
He was hired to make pasta for the company through the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency.